With state of emergency winding down, enforcement of expired vehicle registrations must ramp up
Joint statement from Common Council President Cavalier Johnson and Alderman Michael J. Murphy
Earlier this year Governor Evers declared a statewide emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and Wisconsin State Statute outlines that law enforcement is prohibited from enforcing the penalty for operating unregistered or improperly registered vehicles during a state of emergency proclamation.
This provision of state law that has allowed motorists to drive with unregistered vehicles without worry of penalty has negatively impacted our ability to curb reckless driving behavior in the city.
The analytical and anecdotal evidence remains clear that reckless driving remains far too prevalent in our city. We receive calls to such effects regularly, and in 2020, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office recorded the highest ever total number of motor vehicle accident deaths. This underscores the need for action to keep our streets safe, and enforcement is a key part of that equation.
We would also encourage residents to check your vehicle registration status to ensure you’re driving a properly registered vehicle, and if needed, act promptly to make sure you are compliant.
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